Click on the links below to find out more about ambulance responses.
- Community First Responder
- BASICS Doctor
- Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV)
- Cycle Response Unit
- Clinical Advisor
- Emergency Care Practitioner
- Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)
Community First Responder
YAS has more than 1,018 volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs) across Yorkshire who have basic life support skills and carry kit bags comprising an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), oxygen, oropharyngeal airways and a standard set of first aid equipment. They provide basic levels of clinical intervention and pastoral care to their local community prior to the arrival of an ambulance crew. This year CFRs responded to 6,000 incidents across Yorkshire.
CFRs are trained to attend a variety of emergency calls for patients over 16, including allergic reactions, choking, cardiac arrests, breathing problems, chest pain, strokes, fitting and unconscious patients
The fastest way to reach patients in remote locations or to transfer seriously ill or injured patients to hospital. They are crewed by paramedics who have additional training in dealing with traumatic injuries and can be used to take patients directly to specialist centres.
A senior doctor who has completed specialist training in treating patients with life-threatening conditions before they reach hospital. BASICS doctors are volunteers and their skills are particularly valuable when treating accident victims with traumatic injuries.
Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV)
A car used by a paramedic, emergency medical technician (EMT) or an emergency care practitioner to get to a patient quickly. Ambulance staff working in RRVs are skilled and equipped to provide immediate care and to assess whether a patient needs additional assistance and/or hospital treatment. If necessary the RRV will be backed up by an ambulance - although the equipment
carried on both is very similar.
Cycle Response Unit
A specially adapted bicycle fitted with blue lights and a siren and equipped with life-saving equipment. It is ridden by an EMT or paramedic enabling them to respond quickly to patients in city centres where vehicle access may be difficult. The quick response may save lives or, if patients can be treated at scene, leaving ambulances free to deal with emergencies elsewhere.
A motorcycle used by a paramedic or EMT to reach patients quickly, particularly in cities. As with RRVs an ambulance is sent as back up if required.
A specialist vehicle staffed by a two-person crew. Crew members will be paramedics or EMT who will be skilled and equipped to assist patients with medical emergencies or traumatic injuries. If necessary they will be able to transport a patient to hospital or other appropriate treatment centre.
A clinical advisor offers advice over the telephone or recommends an alternative to ambulance assistance. This may be to call NHS Direct, contact their GP, arrange a visit from a district nurse, to make their own way to a minor injuries unit or emergency department or visit a pharmacist. Alternatively, the clinical advisor may arrange a visit from an emergency care practitioner (ECP). The clinical advisor may be a nurse, specially trained paramedic or emergency medical technician.
Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP)
An ECP visits patients in their own home, preventing an unnecessary visit to hospital. Usually a paramedic or nurse with extended training, they can carry out minor medical procedures, administer an increased number of medications or refer to other NHS or social care services.
Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)
The YAS HART became fully operational in September 2009. The need for HART was identified after the July 2005 London bombings when the ambulance service was unable to provide a service in the 'hot zone' or inner cordon. As a result, HARTs are now equipped and trained to enter the 'hot zone' to triage and treat casualties.
The members of our HART are specially trained personnel who provide the ambulance response to major incidents. The team has 42 members who are equipped to safely locate, stabilise, treat and rescue casualties from dangerous environments such as collapsed buildings or crashed vehicles. They can provide emergency treatment in precarious rescue operations where patients may be trapped or in places where access is difficult, such as heights, underground or in water.